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Ebook Up and Down by Terry Fallis read! Book Title: Up and Down
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 369 KB
The author of the book: Terry Fallis
Edition: Random House
Date of issue: 2012
ISBN: 0771047967
ISBN 13: 9780771047961
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Reader ratings: 5.1

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Well, this is just fun. Sometimes I love CanLit.

A guy working at a PR firm helps organize a competition to send two citizen astronauts up to the space station, one Canadian, one American. The Canadian is a seventy-one year old woman who lives in rural BC (and I mean seriously rural BC), is a former doctor, and flies a bush plane. All while harbouring a lifelong dream of being an astronaut. She is also a diehard Sherlock Holmes fan, has spent years searching for her father who died in a plan crash, and is unbelievably kind. The American is basically your stereotypical American guy

Look, it's a Canadian twist on triumph of the underdog. Toss in a PR office full of off-beat personalities, a NASA comms coordinator being awesome, and the main character being a space fanboy and you've got yourself a novel.

There's a lot about this novel to love. There's a really good core story here that's very satisfying. Plus, the book feels really Canadian, which I often enjoy. Also, and it's no small thing, this book features a few really positive depictions of women with careers. They're workaholics, but that's not all they are. They're balanced. And they're not heartless, just driven. I really enjoyed it. Diane with her absurd glasses and Amanda in general were my favourites. Awesome at running the PR firm and getting it done. And also, Landon, the Canadian astronaut is just awesome, while David, the PR guy walks the line between being competent at his job and a bit wily, while also being self-deprecating and clumsy and awkward generally. It works.

That said, not a perfect novel. The prose is occasionally a bit clunky, particularly at the emotional scenes (noticeably so). And occasionally it felt like a bit... much. (view spoiler)[The emergency appendectomy in space comes to mind. As did David figuring out what happened to Landon's father and them finding the plane. I could have done with either/or, basically. And especially towards the end, the PR firm felt like the most supportive place to work ever. I'm not saying that there aren't places that really are that great to work but the last scene with Diane felt a little over the top. (hide spoiler)]

Also, for reasons of my own, I giggled when they started using LandSat data to search for her father.

Mostly, despite it's flaws, I liked it a lot. So maybe this is really 3.5 stars, but I'm definitely rounding up. And honestly, in my current mood I could be talked into a straight 4.

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Ebook Up and Down read Online! Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of six national bestsellers, including his latest, One Brother Shy, all published by McClelland & Stewart (Penguin Random House). His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the "essential Canadian novel of the decade." In January 2014, CBC aired a six-part television miniseries based on The Best Laid Plans earning very positive reviews. In September 2015, it debuted as a stage musical in Vancouver. The High Road was published in September 2010 and was a finalist for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Terry's third novel, Up and Down, was released in September 2012. It debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal, and won the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award. In June 2013, the Canadian Booksellers Association presented Terry with the Libris Award for Author of the Year. Terry's fourth novel, No Relation, hit bookstores in May 2014, opened on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Poles Apart was released in October 2015, immediately hit the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and was a finalist for the 2016 Leacock Medal.
Terry Fallis earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University and then spent several years working in federal and Ontario politics. In 1995, he co-founded Thornley Fallis, a full service communications and digital agency with offices in Toronto and Ottawa. He blogs at and his twitter handle is @TerryFallis.

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